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2D and 3D Techniques

Lesson 1 in Intro to 3D Concept Design

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Deciding which dimension to work in is a tough choice. To start things off, Jama will walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of using 2D vs. 3D, and the power of combining them together. We will then do a tour of 3D-Coat, including the tools and workflow Jama uses to create concept sketches.


1. Starting from silhouttes, create a futuristic cityscape. Try using different shapes from study to build a nice variety creating your own unique shapes.

2. Take those unique shapes and paint height maps

3. Render and texture your setup in Keyshot


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Hi everyone, nice to meet you guys here!

The 1st lesson is amazing. I didn't know about the 3D Coat Stencil and Keyshot patterns until now. Btw, if it possible can Jama give us some small exercises to work on after the first few chapter? So we can be more familiar with this program. Cause for someone that's new to 3D Coat, there is so much information and knowledge to learn at the same time, and it's intimidating. I think some small exercise after chapter Sphere Tool and Stencils will help a lot. :D

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Hey man:)
You did an amazing job.

Very good results for first time.
There will be a lot of assignments in next chapters... you will get a chance to practice all of tools in 3d-coat.

But thanks for your advice,
i`ll try to make small exercises as well!

Super Cool !!!!!
I hope you can talk in the full length demo video in the future lectures ! It will be more awesomeeeeeeeee !
Because there are something that i don't know how can you do that like "Rectangle sidelong cutting" or change topview and side view quickly,...

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Hey Tam,

not sure if this is what you're talking about but see the attached picture regarding the "Rectangle sidelong Cutting."

Regarding the sideview/ topview quick change, just hold shift while rotating and it will snap to the closest view (top, bottom, side). Also be sure to check if you are in isometric or perspective mode because the cutting actions will definitely have different results if you are in perspective mode. Hope this helps!


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